Take one look at today's headlines and it's hard to believe that this is the last issue of FierceIPTV for 2006: Two huge M&A stories, a regulatory ruling that is sure to shake up the industry, an online video launch announcement and a bona fide tip from the rumor mill. It certainly doesn't feel like that sleepy last week of December before the holidays, but I'd like to remind the industry that it is, in fact, time to take a short rest.
While this year has been IPTV's biggest yet, it's obvious that the news cycle isn't going to die down anytime soon. So with that in mind, today's issue is not dedicated to the year in review, but rather the week in review. As noted, each of today's top stories encapsulates this sector better than any trend piece could: Consolidation, regulation, online video services and more.
FierceIPTV will not be publishing next week, but we will be back on January 4 with an issue full of new year's resolutions and IPTV trends to be mindful of in 2007. Happy Holidays! - Brian